Rachael-The-Great wrote:joostlamers wrote:Asking a retired F1-driver to replace it's injured 2nd driver, over their testdrivers (AND stand-in drivers!). Gene and Badoer were the only 2 drivers who deserved this drive, not Schumacher! Why do they call them stand in drivers anyway, if they don't ask them in the forst place! That's pathetic!
i agree, whats the point in having test drivers if they arent gonna use them? how the hell must the stand-in drivers have felt when they knew Schumacher was taking the seat they'd been waiting for? i would have been extremely pissed off.
dont get me wrong it would've been great for Schumacher to come back for the drivers to race against him again but i thought it was pretty unfair on the other drivers.
Test drivers as the name suggests are there to test bits and pieces, and the overall performance of the car, which would create a feedback for the team in order to pursue improvement work. Test drivers are not necessarily the reserve driver. Driving a Formula 1 car at prescribed speeds and conditions while lapping on an actionless track is not as similar as driving a Formula 1 car at high speeds while lapping in a competitive environment. Both insights and experience have their role in judgement and reflexes of each discipline, which do not guarantee that test driver will do the job when it's needed, especially given the current circumstances relating to in-season test ban.
In one side, we have two test drivers who did their last race almost 10 years ago -ten in writing- (one has yet to score and one has scored just 5 pts) and on the other side we have a driver who became WDC 7 times with a total championship points of 1,396, for god's sake, who would you choose among them if they are all at the same age? Did anyone mention fairness when McLaren had hired Alonso, while "loyal" Pedro de la Rosa had been waiting on the side lines for a drive in Silver Arrow? Does fairness really has anything to do with selecting drivers? Oh come on, let's make it clear: It's the competence not justice which sets the foundation for driver selection process.
It was a sensible, rational and an inevitable choice to get Michael for the empty seat. It ended up in tears nonetheless. More tears indeed.